Last year was slim pickings for the Ducks; this year, they hit the
jackpot. If he finds a fifth gear to go with his Bure-like hands,
small-but-deadly winger Stan Tchistov (5-9, 165) could team up with Paul
Kariya to form the top scoring tandem in the league. If he doesn’t,
he’s still a can’t-miss electrifying talent. Defenseman Mark Popovic
(35th overall) is as reliable as they come, and could soon find himself
paired with Vitaly Vishnevski on the top unit. Joel Stepp, with speed
and grit, was a good third round pick.
Looking at Patrik Stefan after two years, it’s understandable why the
Thrashers were nervous about having the #1 pick again this year. But
they played it safe, refrained from making a hasty trade, and took the
best 18-year old hockey player in the world. Ilya Kovalchuk is head and
shoulders above Stefan, clearly the top talent this year. He should
make the roster this fall, and he could be an 80-point player by age
21. Little to shout about in the later rounds, though. Defenseman
Brian Sipotz was a nice pick at #100, he’s huge (6-7, 230), sturdy, and
could be a solid defensive defenseman down the road.
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Rangers General Manager Glen Sather traded another veteran player today, this time dealing away center Tim Taylor to the Tampa Bay Lightning for 25 year old left wing Nils Ekman and 22 year old left wing Kyle Freadrich. This was a solid move for the team, as Taylor would likely have been bought before Midnight tonight, the deadline for teams to buy out players at two-thirds of their salary.
Nils Ekman is a skilled Swede who is a defensive specialist. Although he is considered small at 5 foot 11, he plays a tough physical game and tries to get under the skin of his opponents. He has the tools to be a permanent NHLer, but he will have to impress the Rangers in camp to earn his spot on the roster. As for Freadrich, he is one of the biggest players in the history of the NHL, at 6 foot 7 and 260 pounds. However, as is the case with most big players, Freadrich is an awful skater and even courses at a skating school couldn’t help him. Freadrich is considered mainly a 4th line tough guy who will stick up for his teammates and drop the gloves often, however he doesn’t have much offensive skills. He will likely play in the minors this season, but may see a game or two in the NHL because of injuries.
In another deal, Glen Sather sent 24 year old left winger Jeff Ulmer and 24 year old defenseman Jason Doig to the Ottawa Senators for 27 year old defenseman Sean Gagnon and reportedly “future considerations”. Gagnon is a physical defenseman who likes to drop the gloves, but he has been a career minor leaguer throughout his career. Maybe Slats felt he wanted to strengthen the Read more»
Seven in time
First of all, i would like to welcome the fans of the San Jose Sharks, the Ottawa Senators, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Washington Capitals who read an article from germany for the first time. These team all drafted players from germany, the number goes high to SEVEN. A new record for germany and we also beat slovakia and the suiss with this high number of draftees.
Germany saw three years without a draftpick. We hadn’t very good talents in this years and the best prospects got no chance to play in their team, to many foreigners own a spot. The last pick from a german team was forward Andrej Nedorost in last years draft as he were picked in the last round by the Columbus Blue jackets. Nedorost spent the two season before his draft in Essen, Germany. And the last german-born player who was drafted is Sascha Goc, the fifth pick from the New Jersey Devils, #159 overall in 1997.
First round with second Goc
The NHL Entry Draft 2001 starts without big surprises. Several trades happened, for example: the disputed russian center Alesei Yashin was traded to the New York Islanders. The Atlanta Trashers pick up russian teenage sensation, center Ilya Kovalchuk, the best canadian, Read more»
FLORIDA PANTHERS ANNOUNCE CONTRACT OFFERS
SUNRISE, FL – Florida Panthers President and General Manager Bill Torrey announced contract information today regarding several Panthers players.
The club offered qualifying contracts to nine players: defenseman Dan Boyle, recently acquired right wing Valeri Bure, defenseman John Jakopin, center Olli Jokinen, goaltender Roberto Luongo, left wing Marcus Nilson, right wing Joey Tetarenko, right wing Rocky Thompson, and defenseman Lance Ward. All of these players are considered Group 2 Free Agents.
By giving these players qualifying offers, the club maintains the right to match any contract offer they may receive, and the Panthers can receive draft pick compensation if there is a signing with another club. If a player is above the league’s average salary, the qualifying offer is the same as last year’s salary. If a player is below the league’s average salary, than a qualifying offer is a one-year contract with a ten-percent raise from last season’s salary.
The Panthers also picked up the option for the 2001-02 season on the contract of center Vaclav Prospal.
In addition, the Panthers did not make contract offers to defenseman Chris Allen, center Len Barrie, defenseman Anders Eriksson, center Andej Podkonicky, defenseman Peter Ratchuk, defenseman Remi Royer, and defenseman Mike Wilson. All of those players will become unrestricted free agents as of July 1, 2001. Also becoming unrestricted free agents are: left wing Greg Adams, right wing Paul Brousseau, defenseman Yan Golubovsky, goa Read more»
The Hurricanes have had a few draft follies. In the last four drafts, only five players, David Tanabe, Tommy Westlund, Niclas Wallin, Josef Vasicek, and breakthrough rookie Shane Willis, have made the NHL.
The Hurricanes are coming off a very positive season, where they made the playoffs, and took the defending champion New Jersey Devils to six games, in a very hard-fought series, and in no small part left their own imprint on the 2001 playoffs, as one of the harder-working teams. Backed by the goaltending of Arturs ‘Archie’ Irbe, the Hurricanes have a franchise goaltender, but he’ll need help in the future, as nobody is ageless. The defense, anchored by David Tanabe and Sandis Ozolinsh, could use a bit of re-tooling, but is solid as an overall unit. The forwards, who are led by cornerstone Jeff O’Neill and nearly-ageless Ronnie Francis, look to be in good shape, as well. A solid, if unspectacular unit overall.
The Hurricanes were in need of another defensive prospect, with Nikos Tselios being their only decent D prospect, and he hasn’t scratched the surface of the NHL thus far.
With the number fifteen selection in the Draft, the ‘Canes selected Russian Defenseman Igor Knyazev.
Knyazev, a solid two-way defenseman, has the body to be a solid D-man on both sides of the puck. He has a good shot from the point, and good overall offensive instincts. Even though his statistics may not dictate that he is offensively-oriented, young defenders in Russian hockey are geared towards solid defensive play first. He was named Captain of the Russian Natio Read more»